The University Council is a democratically elected participation body in which students and staff of the University are represented. The Council follows the decisions of the Executive Board critically, issues solicited or unsolicited advice and has a say in important decisions by the Board.
The Council is composed of eight staff members and eight student members from all faculties and supporting services. Students elect new representatives every year, while staff members do this every two years.
What typifies co-determination at Leiden University is that the Executive Board considers the opinion of the University Council to be important, regardless of the Council’s formal powers. The aim is always to reach a consensus.
Student and staff parties
Leiden University has parties that represent the students or the staff members. Click below to see the:
The Guideline on Language Policy states that a minimum of a passive knowledge of Dutch at B1 level is needed in order to take part in participation councils such as the University Council. This is required because Dutch is in principle the language of administration. Those interested in testing their level of Dutch can test their knowledge online, such as via Dialang, or they can take the entrance test at the Academic Language Centre of Leiden University. Moreover, those interested can follow an introductory online course in Dutch or can request for resources to follow a course in Dutch once they get elected in a participation body.